Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Itinerary departure - Good or Bad?

Tomorrow I fly to Florida for a little bird chasing with my good friend Audrey Whitlock.  I'll fly into Orlando and drive to Melbourne for a try at the Masked Duck that's been at the Viera Wetlands.  I would have gotten a nice late morning start to my birding, but the snow storm inflicted on Norfolk today has meant a delay in my early departure tomorrow.  All part of the Great Adventure.  The La Sagra's Flycatcher that's been on Key Biscayne is the other target.  I realize that this bird chase is a departure from my well thought out itinerary, but my car tragedy has apparently tilted me toward a bit of reckless abandon.  We'll have to see how it works out.  Of course I'll come back with a bushel basket full of new birds.  But most all of those will be species we'll pick up in April on our "scheduled" Florida run.  It is true that Short-tailed Hawk is easier in winter than spring, and it has been true that Flamingos have been easier in winter.  Apparently the latter is not true this winter, but Audrey and I will give it a go at Snake Bite (Bight).  Maybe we'll stumble onto a Key West Quail-Dove like the one that was along the trail a couple of decades ago.  Anyway, I'll post from Florida.  So if you stay tuned, you'll find out how it goes.  BTW I apologize for no posting yesterday.  That's right!  There's nothing wrong with your computer; there simply was no Bob's Birds for Jan 29.


  1. Great plan! Do keep track of those parrots, etc. - there are plans to add quite a few to the ABA list. And I think the myna is already added. If you're getting down to the Everglades, I would give a college try for the old Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow - I would guess this will be split in a few years.
    Good luck!!

  2. I was sure you would try to get to Florida during Spring training. Jupiter is close to a lot of good birding.


  3. Enjoy the warm weather while you're there - a great break from this snowy mess!


  4. I saw Spotted-Breasted Orioles in Ft Lauderdale at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park...not sure how easy those are to pick up down there but it's the only ones I've ever seen...

    Craig C